New Japan held a card in Sapporo headlined by Genichiro Tenryu, Ashura Hara and Takashi Ishikawa taking on Keiji Muto, Akira Nogami and Shinya Hashimoto in a **** match, one of many great, heated encounters from the New Japan vs WAR feud of the time period.
“Dirty White Boy” Tony Anthony cut one of the best babyface promos of the year on SMW television when he promised to win the SMW title from Brian Lee as revenge for his actions against the recently turned Ron Wright, DWB’s mentor. Lee was paired with Tammy Fytch, the future Sunny, at the time, and a music video on the couple also aired on the show, to the tune of the Spin Doctors’ “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”. Also, the Heavenly Bodies were scheduled to face the team of job guys billed as Dave Meltzer and Wade Keller, but the Rock & Roll Express intervened and had an impromptu match with the Bodies.
ECW held The Night The Line Was Crossed in Philadelphia. The show was headlined by a match that was both loved and hated in some circles at the time, when Shane Douglas, Terry Funk and Sabu wrestled a three-way, 60-minute draw. If the match itself was divisive, the post-match angle was a home run. Terry Funk delivered an awesome, bloody, tear-filled promo at a press conference; Paul E. Dangerously spoke on behalf of Sabu; and Shane Douglas appeared last, cutting what may have been the best promo of his life before brawling with Funk.
WWF Monday Night RAW aired a show taped from Stockton, CA, on January 22. The in-ring highlight of the show was the 1-2-3 Kid facing Hakushi in a ***1/4 match. In the main event, Bret Hart defended the WWF World Title against The Undertaker in a rematch from the Royal Rumble a few weeks earlier. The match was marred by interference from Diesel, who attacked both men. This week’s Billionaire Ted skit took a turn for the ugly, with Ted claiming that he would not spend his own money to put the WWF out of business and that he did not really care what his stockholders thought. The show drew a 2.7 rating, and you can watch it on the WWE Network.
WCW Monday Nitro aired live from Lakeland, FL. The show saw WCW World Champion Randy Savage face Chris Benoit in a match where Woman turned on Savage to reunite with Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen. Flair, who was pushed hard at this time, attacked Hulk Hogan from behind when he was interviewed a few moments later, reopening a wound around his eye. The show drew a 2.9 rating, narrowly defeating RAW for the night. You can watch it on the WWE Network.
A strong three-match series was underway, as El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas faced Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio Jr. in a ***1/4 match.
In The “To Watch” Queue:
Dustin Rhodes vs Bunkhouse Buck (WCW Main Event 02/05/95)